Memorial stone vandalized at Strasbourg synagogue
Strasbourg – In the latest incident amid a rise in antisemitic incidents in France, a memorial stone marking the site of Strasbourg’s Old Synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis in World War II, was vandalized overnight, the deputy mayor of the eastern French city said Saturday.
“A new incident of antisemitism in our town,” Alain Fontanel wrote on Twitter, posting a picture showing a large black marble slab that had been knocked off its plinth.
“Quai Kleber synagogue was burnt down by the Nazis nearly 80 years ago. The memorial stone which marked this tragedy was vandalized overnight.”
The town hall was working with the police to track down those responsible, he said.
The synagogue, which was the Jewish community’s main place of worship in the city, was ransacked by the Hitler Youth on September 30, 1940, then burnt to the ground.
“Sadly, history repeats itself,” Fontanel wrote on his Facebook page.